At one point we all wished that someone could magically cook for us, and maybe even clean up afterwards.
Yes, we all know the current alternative: open a delivery app and have the food brought home. Well, it's not the same. And when things like the one developed by Moley Robotics are around, they will never be the same again. We will know it as the era of robotic kitchen.
The robotic kitchen
The British company Moley Robotics claims to have produced the first robotic kitchen in the world. A “clever robot integrated into a luxury kitchen, which prepares hot and cold meals from scratch at the touch of a button”.
How does it work? The appearance is vaguely similar to that of a Toyota prototype last October (in that case the arms were hanging from the ceiling). In the case of Moley Robotics' robotic kitchen, the two robotic arms start from the ground and can realistically mimic the movements of human hands during meal preparation.
This means that the robot kitchen can retrieve the ingredients from the smart refrigerator. It can adjust the hob temperature, use the sink to fill pots and pour, mix and serve just like a human cook would.
"The robot also cleans itself, without complaining!" states a press release for the new product.
Too good to be true?
If you are thinking so too, know that Moley Robotics has also released a video of the results of its robotic kitchen. Impressive, also because making such a thing must not have been easy at all.
It took the work of a team of 100 engineers, designers and three award-winning chefs. Moley Robotics states that “the system doesn't cook like a machine, it captures human skills and emulates them. "
How does the robotic kitchen work?
The kitchen uses a combination of sensors and optical cameras to carry out its tasks and also has an optical system capable of detecting fallen food and cleaning it before and after cooking. For now, the system can produce 30 dishes developed by world-leading chefs, but new dishes are continuously added. The company aims to soon have a digital menu with over 5000 choices. Of course, for 275000 euros (this is its price) you buy a house, but the company swears that it already has the first 1000 buyers.
Moley Robotics' robotic kitchen also comes with an innovative recipe creation software tool that allows users to program their own favorite recipes. When everything is missing, considering the fact that it uses the same pots, it is turned off and used in its place.
And I, who today look at my Thermomix completely satisfied, start looking at it as if it were a gramophone.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.